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Nichol Vineyard Old Vines Syrahtext

Nichol Vineyard Old Vines Syrah 2020

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaNichol first planted syrah back in 1990. The small block, totalling just 17 rows, is the oldest planting of syrah in Canada. It's stood the test of time, on own-rooted vines no less, and today produces one of the benchmark Okanagan bottlings. The winemaking is all about showcasing the fruit from these old vines. Fermented in small open-top fermenters and then basket pressed, aged in older 500-litre puncheons and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Bright and vibrant, it shows black raspberry and bramble, lifted by perfumed violets alongside savoury notes of cured meat and spice. It evolves every time you go back to the glass, and this will only continue to improve with time in bottle.Tasted: 28 November 2022Tasted by: Prices:
BC$40.00750mlwinery direct, private wine shops
Producer: Nichol Vineyard Distributors: Storied Wines & Spirits
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahUPC: 00626990093312